Driver’s Seat: Mark Trimble, Flutist

Name: Mark Trimble, 44.

Occupation: Musician (flute) and music educator.

How might we know you: My partner Ami Sadeh and I helped create the BearDance events.

Type of car: Blue 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe.

Best car memory? Driving my Nissan 350Z the first time with my partner around town with the top down!

Funniest road trip story: I don’t know if it’s funny or sad, but I had an audition in Tennessee and a drunk driver sliced off a big chunk of metal off the side of the trunk. It was my dad’s Oldsmobile Delta 88. I had to tie that chunk of metal back on the car as it flapped all the way back to Cincinnati where I lived.

Hmmm… we vote sad. OK, buy or lease? Lately I prefer leasing. I get the itch for something new or different about every three to four years. It doesn’t hurt that you can get a bit more car for less money per month!

You play the flute, but ever in the car? I think I’ve played it in my partner’s car while he’s been driving. It’s not at all practical for the driver and it doesn’t work well in the passenger seat either. There are better places to practice. Now I will practice finger patterns for music on the steering wheel from time to time though, and that’s a great way to practice without the instrument.

What do you jam out to? NPR or BPM on satellite radio. Sometimes it’s Beethoven or Lady Gaga.

Don’t you musclebear types drive Jeeps or big trucks usually? Am I really that now? Ha! Maybe I do need to get the requisite truck!  I’m not about all my image with my car, it’s more about the driving experience for me, and I like fun-to-drive cars usually as long as they are roomy enough for me.

Since it’s hot as hell out, how’s your A/C? It is fantastic! I’m lucky to have a garage to park in at home so that it’s not all heated up when I leave the house in the summer, but even when it’s been out in the sun, it cools down very quickly.

Sounds great. So, one last thing: flootist or flautist? Well, it can be both actually.

— Rich Lopez

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 26, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

DRIVERS SEAT: Sarah Wilson, mortician

Name and age: Sarah Wilson, 27.

Occupation:  Embalmer and general manager at Global Mortuary Affairs.

What kind of car:  Black 2007 Nissan Versa SL, baby! Almost paid for.

Name of car: Buffy.

So, do you drive a hearse? No. We do have some minivans for transport, but nothing too exciting.

So, do you ever transport bodies? Hell, no!

Live ones — like friends? Oh. Well, I get passengers sometimes.

How many can you fit in your car? Legally, five.

What are the rules of your car? No smoking. You spill it, you clean it up. Don’t touch the radio.

Best car memory: In high school I had a ’92 Ford Escort LX station wagon. I remember cruising with some friends and blasting the bass. I recall Beastie Boys. Stuff you do in high school — in a station wagon.

Funniest road trip story? It’s not really a road trip but driving to Chili Fest in Snook, Texas was fun. Just passing all the drunken people on the road and everyone acting a fool.

Passing drunk drivers does not sound like fun. Anyway, what’s in your CD changer? Let’s see, I have the Repo soundtrack, a bluegrass mix tape and Radiohead.

Does Buffy have a/c? Hells yeah, you better believe it. If it didn’t, I’d shoot myself.

What is your commute? Just about five minutes. I live at Buckner and I-30 and drive about eight miles to Beltline and Highway 80 in Mesquite.

GPS or Mapsco? GPS! Mapsco’s old-school. Don’t you have to print it out? Who does that anymore?

Do you ever ask for directions? Hell, no! I’d rather drive around in circles looking for the place.

How do you rate this car to your previous ones? This is like a 10-double plus. I don’t have a key first of all so I can’t lock them in. It’s got douche-tooth [editor’s note: she means Bluetooth] so I can talk to my car and it has good gas mileage.

If money were no object, I’d be driving a…: Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. I had a crush on that car when I was a kid.

Sexiest thing about your car? Probably the pump-action lumbar support. That sounds sexy, huh?

Are there any downsides to this particular car? It’s size. It is small.

So you’re a size queen: I can be when it matters.

Where is one place you would like to drive your car? I’d like to drive it to somewhere on the East Coast, for sure. Let’s go to New York.

Are you a grandma driver or speed racer? Dude, I am speed racer. It’s best not to slow down around me.

Do you drive around looking for the best deal on gas? Nah. I have that gas app that shows you where the best prices are.

Tell us a mortician joke. How about, ‘What’s a necrophiliac pick-up line? ‘Would you like to go out on a date? I’ll take your silence as a yes.’”

Nyuk.

— Rich Lopez

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 1, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Police blotter: Hit-and-run on Cedar Springs

Valentine’s Day got off to a bad start when a motorist intentionally struck two pedestrians near Havana Bar & Grill on Cedar Springs Road early Monday, according to police reports.

Reports say the suspect and the victim, a 39-year-old black male, got into an argument that became a physical fight at about 2 a.m. at 4008 Cedar Springs Road. After a security guard stepped in to break up the fight, the suspect got in a vehicle and intentionally accelerated toward the victim. The suspect’s vehicle struck the victim as well as a witness, before the suspect fled northbound on Cedar Springs Road. The two injured people were taken to Parkland hospital.

Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse, a spokesman for the Dallas Police Department, said Tuesday that police hadn’t made any arrests.

“Victim is claiming he doesn’t remember what happened,” Janse said. “No one knows the suspect and there are conflicting stories about what really took place. Detectives will continue to try to get to the bottom of what really happened. It is unknown the condition of the victim at this time.”

The suspect’s vehicle is described as a cream-colored, four-door Nissan. Anyone with information can call the Crimes Against Persons Division at 214- 671-3584.

—  John Wright